HD Background photos and images

Browse through our database of stunning background photographs. Our background images are textured, patterned and arranged to perfectly support the content that you choose to add to your website.

red ink drop in yellow liquid

Red Ink Drop In Yellow Liquid


purple and black ink drop

Purple And Black Ink Drop


judgement gavel on white

Judgement Gavel On White


purple flowers

Purple Flowers


feet hanging over cliff

Feet Hanging Over Cliff


tree branches at sunset

Tree Branches At Sunset


greens on wood background

Greens On Wood Background


colorful pencil crayons

Colorful Pencil Crayons


sphere of glowing street lights in night sky

Sphere Of Glowing Street Lights In Night Sky


floating cubes on blue

Floating Cubes On Blue


records texture

Records Texture


brick wall city scape

Brick Wall City Scape


abstract green & yellow vertical lines

Abstract Green & Yellow Vertical Lines


ocean waves on beach

Ocean Waves On Beach


green ink with yellow and orange drop

Green Ink With Yellow And Orange Drop


red ink drop on white

Red Ink Drop On White


city skyscrapers & towers

City Skyscrapers & Towers


white tile corner textures

White Tile Corner Textures


spilled roasted coffee beans

Spilled Roasted Coffee Beans


closeup of clover leaves

Closeup Of Clover Leaves


waves crash on rocks and sand

Waves Crash On Rocks And Sand


mother day background

Mother Day Background


round colored tile

Round Colored Tile


sparkler at night

Sparkler At Night


round parkade architecture

Round Parkade Architecture


bamboo with engravings

Bamboo With Engravings


lighthouse at sunset

Lighthouse At Sunset


watching the waterfall

Watching The Waterfall


microphone on mic stand

Microphone On Mic Stand


kayaks on dock

Kayaks On Dock


tropical ocean boat

Tropical Ocean Boat


toronto city skyline

Toronto City Skyline


new york bridges from above

New York Bridges From Above


pretty pink flower

Pretty Pink Flower


summer in tokyo at night

Summer In Tokyo At Night


white brick interior wall texture

White Brick Interior Wall Texture


rose pedals framing white surface

Rose Pedals Framing White Surface


light reflects on water

Light Reflects On Water


greenhouse gardening

Greenhouse Gardening


natural wood fence

Natural Wood Fence


nyc manhattan brooklyn bridge

NYC Manhattan Brooklyn Bridge


oregon bridge by multnomah waterfall

Oregon Bridge By Multnomah Waterfall


white crane water reflection

White Crane Water Reflection


two rows of stacked shipping containers

Two Rows Of Stacked Shipping Containers


black yellow and red ink

Black Yellow And Red Ink


waterfall through trees

Waterfall Through Trees


glitter and unicorn costume headband

Glitter And Unicorn Costume Headband


sunny misty background

Sunny Misty Background


curvy shoreline with gravel path

Curvy Shoreline With Gravel Path


arizona natural landscape

Arizona Natural Landscape


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What makes background pictures different?

Background photographs are used very differently that regular images for a number of reasons. When selecting a background image - there are specialized criteria to keep in mind. For starters - background pictures won’t fit into a fixed frame they way other photographs would. When a photo is locked into an article or block of text or shown as part of an advertisement - the dimensions are fixed - meaning that selecting a suitable photo really just comes down to aesthetics.

With background images - things work a little differently. To start, backgrounds are not likely to be in a fixed frame and will need to be equally beautiful when viewed on a large fullscreen, widescreen, or a mobile phone screen. It’s for this reason that web developers will often choose an images of a pattern - so that parts of the it can be cut off by web-browsers and other content that may vary in size and shape without looking like the image is misplaced.

If you’re not using a pattern, you’ll want to make sure the image isn’t too focused. Images with a clear subject don't work as well as background images because parts of the subject may be covered.

You may also choose to use background images to create a parallax scrolling effect. Parallax scrolling has been proven to create a better user experience for web users. This is where a web designer or developer might choose to add content in front of a background images that scrolls faster than the background image itself. This effect is used on web-pages to give the illusion of depth to the page and to create a more dynamic viewing experience.

Images used in parallax scrolling tend to be a little bit different from regular background images. They can be patterns and textures as well - but because portions of the image will scroll by at some point, the images can be a bit more focused - as long as the focus is toward the centre of the image.

Remember that background images take a supporting role in web-page design, so it’s best if they’re simple, clean and patterned. Even if the pattern isn’t design-oriented, you’ll want to go with images without a single, clear subject. Photograph-wise, images like city scapes, landscapes, or large images of busy locations with many subjects tend to look best.

Background images for commercial use

Luckily when it comes to getting the perfect background photo - we’ve got your covered. Our collection of HD photos are perfect for editing and can be used as widescreen backgrounds, full screen backgrounds, and desktop backgrounds and will look equally stunning on both Windows and Mac computers at any size (1600 x 1200, 1440, 1280, 1920).

Take a look at our free, downloadable high resolution images - perfect for your next project.